Debut full-length from new Londoners Telegram. Punkish indie with little touches of glam and psych garnishing the edges. The CD and vinyl versions of Operator have slight variations in tracklisting; what’s more, one of the vinyl editions is both coloured and signed! Released on the Gram Gram label.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 January 2016
Telegram have spent an awful long time ensuring that they look like a rock band but it’s often the case that the best rock bands look like the very last people on earth who should be playing music - the Pixies for example. Anyway amidst the fretting about the long hair, moustaches and sunglasses, Telegram have managed to concoct a debut album.
It starts out in blitzkrieg fashion, both ‘Rule Number One’ and ‘Follow’ sound like what Super Furry Animals would sound like had they only listened to ‘On the Level’ era Status Quo. Elsewhere the band wrestle with the question of how on earth to keep up the pace, a question that they never quite find an answer for as they veer from motorik kraut (‘Aeons’) to fizzed up power pop (‘Under the Night Time’) without really ever snagging the ear.
And herein lies the problem. Pop moves fast and after an initial wave of interest from the music press, Telegram have needed to release their album before everyone moves onto the next thing but I feel it’s too soon for them. Very similar in fact to last years Hooton Tennis Club which boasted a brace of decent singles and not much else to get excited about.
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